Harper College

ESL Endorsement

Enhance your teaching degree with the ESL Teacher Endorsement

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: ESL Teaching Endorsement

This ISBE ESL endorsement allows certified teachers to teach English as a second language (ESL) pre-K-12.

  • 100% Online or Blended Format: 
    • Learn anywhere, anytime, on your schedule with the 100% online program. 8-week asynchronous online courses. View the online orientation and resources to see how the program can work for you. Complete in 3 semesters (fall, spring and summer)
      Fall LNG 105 Introduction to Language and Linguistics and LNG 235 Second Language Acquisition
      Spring LNG 220 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language and LNG 240 Introduction to Pedagogical Grammar
      Summer LNG 205 Language and Culture and LNG 230 Second Language Assessment
    • Or, choose the blended (on campus/online) program option. 12-week courses. Complete in 2-4 semesters.
  • 100%: HLC accredited and ISBE approved. The ESL endorsement is attached to your Professional Educator License (PEL).
  • 100% Focused:  Learn with highly qualified faculty, master's and doctoral degrees, experienced both in ESL teacher training and in teaching ESL. Meet your Linguistics faculty.
  • Clock Hour Options: Gain hands-on experience through ESL program partnerships and flexible opportunities.
  • This program offers an entirely 8-Week Course format option. Learn more.

Program begins in August. Apply now to secure your spot.

Your coursework will focus on language and culture, English as a second language (ESL) teaching methods, language assessment, and more. Your endorsement can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range.

ESL Endorsement program requirements

This 18 credit-hour ESL Endorsement Certificate is intended for certified teachers who wish to expand their professional opportunities and to enhance their teaching skills by adding an ESL Endorsement Certificate to their portfolio. Students can take endorsement courses at Harper College while they are pursuing their AA degrees. However, they can only earn the endorsement certificate after they complete an undergraduate degree and earn a teaching license. The coursework for this certificate satisfies the requirements of the ISBE ESL endorsement, including the 100 hours of clinical experience. This endorsement allows certified teachers to teach ESL in grades they are certified to teach. Applicants must complete an application to the State to have this endorsement put on their teaching licenses.


Number Course Title Credits
LNG 105 3

Description:  Explores language--its origins, properties, use, structure, and meaning. Studies sound systems, word-information systems, syntactic systems, and derivation of meaning from spoken and written forms. Includes first and second language acquisition and properties of visual languages.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

LNG 205 3

Description:  Explores the relationship between language and culture. Includes the language socialization of children, gender differences in language, standard varieties and dialects of language, and the effect of language on thought. Examines the nature of language in power relationships.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

LNG 220 3

Description:  Introduces the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Intended for those who contemplate a career working with non-native speakers of English. Through a program of lectures, readings, discussions, observations and practical teaching exercises, students will explore the educational contexts in which English is taught and learned. In addition, the course will offer practical techniques for teaching and assessing the skill areas of listening and speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. The foundation of the methods explored will be based on theories in applied linguistics.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

LNG 230 3

Description:  Explores concepts, issues, principles, and design of second language assessments. Includes formal and informal evaluation of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

LNG 235 3

Description:  Explores important theories in second language acquisition (SLA), especially as they relate to language teaching. Includes age, psychological factors, sociocultural factors, and linguistic factors. Examines the connections between theory and teaching practice in the language classroom.

Prerequisite: LNG 105 or permission of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

LNG 240 3

Description:  Explores theories in teaching grammar to second language learners. Teachers will study syntactic and discourse structures of English and common mistakes in those structures made by second language learners. Students will practice and create classroom materials designed to help English language learners in their oral and written communication. This course is an elective component for Illinois State Board of Education certification in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Student Testimonials

Find out what students are saying about the ESL Endorsement program at Harper College.

I carry with me an understanding that each of humankind’s thousands of languages has its own logic and that the language we speak is at the very heart of who we are. Read More

I now have a wide range of job options at my disposal that span a large range of fields and allow me to travel. Read More

Being able to teach lessons in real Harper classrooms gave me more confidence in front of the students using what I had studied for the past year. Read More

From the scholarly exploration of sociolinguistics to the practical experience of teaching a real class, each course was both engaging and enlightening. Read More


Next steps

For more information about the ESL Endorsement program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 4/8/24